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Sports The Salina Journal Friday, January 10,1986 Page 11 Bradley survives strong comeback by Wichita State : By HAROLD BECHARD Sports Editor WICHITA - Bradley head coach -Dick Versace wanted his team to break out of the blocks in a hurry against Wichita State here Thursday night. Versace got his wish as the Braves opened up an 11-point lead in the first five minutes of the game. But in the next 35 minutes, the Braves hung on for dear life as Wichita State kept clawing back into the game before dropping a tough 57-55 decision before 10,386 fans in Henry Levitt Arena. The victory was the 14th in 15 games for the Braves and improved their record to 2-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference. "Any time you win here, it's a major win," Versace said. "And this was a major victory for us." The victory wasn't assured until the final second when Bradley in- bounded the ball after a turnover by Wichita State's Cedric Coleman, who had the ball slide out of his hands at the free throw line with four seconds remaining. "It was a tough one to lose," WSU head coach Gene Smithson said. "We beat them for 31 to 32 minutes, but we got off to a slow start. But I'm happy with my players. They worked hard throughout the game and we nearly pulled it out." The Brayes tried to bury the Shockers with an early blitz as they roared out to a 13-2 lead after 5:07 had ticked off the clock. "One of our plans was to get out of the blocks as quick as we could," Versace said. "We wanted to negate the crowd. I think this crowd is one of the toughest anywhere to play in front of." During those first five minutes, Smithson yanked three of his starters and called a timeout to try and slow the Braves. The strategy worked for the most part, although Bradley did open up a 12-point lead (21-9) at the 11:36 mark of the first half on a 15-footer by Hawkins. But that's when the Shockers started to climb back into the game. Gus Santos hit a pair of free throws, Steve Grayer and Henry Carr added field goals and Santos sank another charity as Wichita State closed the margin to six points at 22-16. The Shockers kept coming as reserve Curtis Bailey hit a pair of 20- footers from the wing and Can- scored a free throw. All of the sudden it was a two-point game (28-26) with 3:16 remaining before half time. But Hawkins, who had 13 of his game-high 25 points points in the first half, scored the final four points in the first half to give Bradley a 36-30 advantage at intermission. Bradley opened the second half in identical fashion by jumping out to a nine-point lead in the first 5% minutes. But, with Sasha Radunovich and Gary Cundiff leading the way, the Shockers once again battled back. BRADLEY (57) MIN Powell Trimpe Williams Les Hawkins Thomas Jones Bertolini TOTALS WSU (55) Santos Radunovich Askew Cundiff Grayer Coleman Bailey Dwight Praylow Carr Williams TOTALS HALFTIME — Bradley 36, WSU 30. TEAM REBOUNDS — Bradley 6, WSU 6. ASSISTS — Bradley 13 (Les 7), WSU 15 (Coleman 4). TURNOVERS — Bradley 12, WSU 13. ATTENDANCE — 10,386. OFFICIALS — Rick Eichkorst and Ron Zetcher. MIN 30 36 29 40 36 8 18 3 200 MIN 39 28 20 34 13 24 15 iw 9 15 3 200 FG 2-7 1-2 4-7 1-7 10-19 1-3 1-3 0-0 20-48 FG 2-8 4-12 3-7 7-12 1-6 1-3 3-6 0-0 2-4 0-1 23-59 FT 1-4 0-3 3-6 2-2 5-7 0-0 6-8 0-0 17-30 FT 6-9 1-1 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-3 0-0 9-15 R 2 7 8 2 6 0 1 36 R 5 8 3 2 2 4 0 2 7 0 39 F 0 3 3 • 1 5 1 1 17 F 3 4 5 2 0 2 1 0 5 0 22 TP 5 2 11 4 25 2 4-3-8 0 57 TP 10 9 7 14 2 2 6 0 5 0 55 Radunovich hit a pair of field goals in 28 seconds and Cundiff followed with a 15-footer at the 12:28 mark and, all of the sudden, it was a 45-42 game. Wichita State stayed within five points until the five-minute mark when Cundiff, who had a career-high 14 points, hit a pair of rainbows and Radunovich scored a layup to give the Shockers the lead at 53-51 with 3:24 remaining in the game. Bradley center Mike Williams pulled the Braves with one point with a free throw at the 3:10 mark and, after Wichita State failed in two attempts to open the lead to three points, Hawkins drove the baseline, hit a layup and was fouled by Gus Santos. Hawkins completed the three-point play to give the Braves a 55-53 lead with 1:37 remaining. Cundiff came right back and hit an 18-footer from the baseline to tie the game, but Hawkins answered at the 0:47 mark with another driving layup. The Shockers, who fell to 1-1 in the Missouri Valley and 8-5 overall, then survived two wild scrambles for the ball before Coleman's six-footer from the baseline was blocked out of bounds by Mike Williams. Coleman then lost the ball two seconds later to give Bradley the victory. "We wanted to get the ball to Gary (Cundiff) or Gus (Santos) but we just didn't get the job done," Smithson said. "Even with six seconds to go we wanted to do the same thing, but we were out of time outs and couldn't get a play called." Despite the loss, Smithson was pleased with his team, especially Cundiff, who outplayed Bradley point-guard Jim Les. Les, who is regarded as one of the top backcourt players in the country, ended up with just four points after being hounded most of the game by Cundiff. "Gary played well, he had a tremendous game," Smithson said. "He worked extremely hard on Les and it paid off." Wichita State will be action again Saturday night for the fifth time in 10 days as Illinois State is in Wichita for an 8:05 p.m. tipoff in another Missouri Valley contest. Sluggish 'Cats come to life to buryACU ByTIMHOSTETTER Sports Writer MANHATTAN — Jack Hartman knew his Kansas State basketball team would fight some mental barriers Thursday night when it met Abilene Christian in Ahearn Field House. First, the Wildcats were coming off an outstanding 77-60 victory over Wichita State on Monday night. Second, K-State was playing a far less formidable opponent in Abilene Christian, a team Wichita State had defeated by 28 points earlier this season. And third, KSU was playing this NCAA Division II school in the wake ACU (69) MIN FG FT R F TP Williams Scales Hoverson Greene Enzor Johnson Joseph Shearmire Townsend TOTALS K-STATE(91) Mitchell Coleman Meyer Wright Underwood Eddie Smith Green Muff Dobbins Walker Simmons TOTALS HALFTIME 24 38 16 36 29 16 18 15 e 200 MIN 25 28 22 21 23 16 16 13 10 10 9 7 200 6-14 7-10 0-0 4-10 1-11 4-7 4-7 0-3 2-5 28-67 FG 3-7 10-17 1-1 5-10 4-5 3-6 0-0 3-5 1-4 0-5 3-4 0-1 33-65 — Kansas 0-0 1-2 0-0 1-3 3-4 2-5 0-3 6-6 0-0 13-23 FT 5-6 3-4 0-0 2-2 1-1 4-7 4-6 0-0 2-2 0-0 0-0 4-6 25-34 State 5 2 1 3 4 3 5 0 4 27 R 6 5 7 2 8 5 0 1 8 1 1 1 45 39. 3 5 3 4 2 2 4 3 0 26 F 1 1 2 3 1 2 0 2 2 1 4 0 19 12 15 0 9 5 10 8 6 4 69 TP 11 23 2 12 9 10 4 6 4 0 6 4 91 Abilene Monty Dovli Salina South's Staci Krier (left) drives to drive past Salina Central's Melanie Harkin. Mustang girls dump South By STEPHEN WHITE Sports Writer The funny thing about success is that it breeds expectations. Take the Salina Central girls' basketball team, for example. In flicking aside an outmanned Salina South team, 56-38 Thursday night at South, the Mustangs improved to 5-3. It's their best start in eight years. But the casual manner in which the Mustangs strolled past the young, winless and terribly inexperienced Cougars didn't sit well with Mustang coach Sam Siegrist. "I guess I just have high expectations after going to state last year," said Siegrist, whose squad returned four starters and its top reserve from last season's team, which came away from Central's first-ever state tournament appearance with a fourth-place finish. "This team is not playing as well as I thought we would. We're happy to win, but I just think we can play better," he said. "I keep looking for us to play better in longer stretches. We had decent stretches tonight, but we had some not-so-good. This is an experienced team and we shouldn't be having those problems." SALINA CENTRAL (56) Taggort 2-5 1-2 5, Brichacek 5-11 0-1 10, Cherry 12-18 0-1 24, Harkin 5-14 1-3 11, May 1-7 2-24, Fears 0-1 0-00, Simmons 0-0 0-00, Wilbur 1-2 0-0 2, Budke 0-0 0-0 0. Colaw 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 26-58 4-9 56. SALINA SOUTH (38) Armour 5-152-512, Wilcox 3-122-38, Kimsey 1-50-02, Albin 1-30-02, Krier 2-80-04, Davis 15 0-0 2, Porter 2-2 0-1 4, Nicolau 1-2 0-0 2, Sollars 1-2 0-0 2, Lentz 0-2 0-0 0. TOTALS 17-56 4-938. Sgllna Central 11 18 11 16 — 56 Salina South 6 8 12 12 —38 TOTAL FOULS — Central 14, South 12. FOULED OUT — None. REBOUNDS — Central 41 (Brichacek 12, Cherry 11), South 38 (Armour, Kimsey, Wikox 8). STEALS — Central 12 (May 5), South 10 (Krier 4). TURNOVERS — Central 21, South 26. Streaky was a good way to describe both teams' play Thursday, particularly through the first three quarters. South outrebounded the Mustangs in the first quarter, but the Cougars struggled against Central's press. In the second quarter, the Cougars handled the ball better but were out- rebounded 15-3. Central led 11-8 early in the second quarter when two quick steals by Kelly May triggered an eight-point Mustang run. Chris Armour, South's leading scorer for the fifth time in six games, helped close the margin to 2114 before another eight-point Mustang run sent Central into halftime with a 29-14 bulge. Rectifying its second-quarter rebounding problems, South mounted one final charge at the Mustangs to open the second half, closing the margin to 29-20 as Stephanie Wilcox canned two jumpers. But Central finally turned to its money player, Sheila Cherry, to settle the issue. After warming up with four consecutive baskets in the first half, Cherry extended her streak to seven straight in the third quarter. After missing a pair, the 5-10 senior added four more field goals and four blocks shots before taking a seat with Central sitting on a 54-32 lead with 2:10 left. Teresa Brichacek complemented Cherry's 24 points and 11 rebounds with 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Mustangs, who improved to 2-1 in the 1-70 League. Melanie Harkin contributed 11 points while May garnered five steals. "We had some problems passing the ball. We're getting open, but we're a little slow with the passes," Siegrist said. "One of the bright spots tonight was that some of the other kids (besides Cherry, who is averaging 18.0 points per game) looked to (See Girls, Page 12) Christian 30. TEAM REBOUNDS — Abilene Christian 6, Kansas State 2. TECHNICAL FOULS — Johnson (ACU). ASSISTS — Abilene Christian 13 (Greene), Kansas State 16 (Underwood, Eddie, Smith. Wright 3). TURNOVERS — Abilene Christian 16, Kansas State 16. OFFICIALS — J.C. Leimbach, Ivan Tate, Charles Greene. ATTENDANCE — 7,480. of its Big Eight Conference opener with Iowa State next Wednesday. Still, the Wildcats shook off a slow start and went on to defeat ACU, 9169. The win lifted K-State to 12-3 on the season and gave it a six-game winning streak entering conference play. Abilene Christian fell to 9-6. "It's a little hard to play these games," Hartman said. "There's no way you can keep from the kids the fact that Abilene Christian has lost to Emporia State and got bombed by Wichita State. Pychologically, it's tough to get ready for a team like that." K-State didn't start as sharp as it did against Wichita State. The Wildcats built a 13-6 lead in the first four minutes of the first half, but the Wildcats from Texas quickly got the game tied thanks to five straight points from Ryant Greene and a basket from Keith Scales. Although it never held the lead, ACU hung close much of the first half until K-State pulled away in the last five minutes of the half for a 39-30 lead at the intermission. "I thought Abilene Christian played well in the first half," Hartman said. "They hit their shots and were scrappy. "I think our kids came out and tried to pick up where they ended against Wichita State," Hartman said. "Our shots didn't fall right off and we got a little disgusted. We didn't play too smart. We were taking long jump shots when we should've been taking advantage of our size." K-State did power its way inside more in the second half and finished (See'Cats, Page 12) Central vs. South: Usually dose, always exciting By STEPHEN WHITE Sports Writer In 15 seasons of crosstown rivalry, Salina Central and Salina South have provided this city its share of memorable basketball. And unlike so many arch-rivalries, Central-South has truly been one of doggedness and determination, with the underdog rising above reasonable expectations. In those 15 seasons, Central and South have played 37 games. Twenty have been settled by five points of fewer. Only once in the last 16 games has a team won by double-digits. Central dominated the series early, as the Mustangs won 15 of the series' first 16 tests. But the Cougars of South have clawed back, winning 17 times in the last 21 games. And as the Mustangs and Cougars prepare for Match No. 38 tonight at 7:45 p.m. at Bicentennial Center, Central holds the slimmest of margins, having won 19 times to 18 victories for South. South will take a modest two-game series winning streak into tonight's contest, the Cougars' latest triumph being of the double-overtime variety, a 52-48 thriller last February. That marked the fifth time Central and South have gone overtime. But when it comes to overtime — for that matter, when it comes to Central- South, period — one game stands apart. • Feb. 8, 1978: SOUTH 59, CENTRAL 57 (triple overtime) — "The city series has produced a wealth of exciting games," wrote Journal sports writer Gary Isaacson, "but this one was a cut above the rest." The coaches — Central's Dennis Wahlgren and South's Larry Forsythe — remember the "Thriller in Three Acts" as if it happened yesterday. "None of them are even close to that one. That game epitomizes what the rivalry is all about, what the game is all about," Wahlgren said, eight years later. "I remember everyone — the players on the bench, the players that played, the coaches, everybody — was totally exhausted, mentally and physically, after that one. "No-one was going to lose that game. Those players were all winners. That was the hardest-fought game I've ever seen," said Wahlgren, still the Mustangs' head Wahlgren Forsythe coach. "Win or lose," Forsythe said, "I think the kids who played in it remember it more than they do the state tournament games. "I've never forgotten that. At the end of the second overtime, we had a lot of regulars in foul trouble. (Kelly) Knight and (Rick) Worrel had already fouled out. After that second overtime, (Jim) Ginther came over to me and said, 'I love it, I love it, I love it.' "And I could have killed him... but I think he really did love it," said Forsythe, now principal at Neodesha High School. Perhaps Ginther had a premonition of heroics to come. "I still can vividly picture Jim Ginther going up for the shot and Monty Shadwick in perfect defensive position," Wahlgren said of Ginther's game-winner, a 20-footer from the key. "He went up looking to pass, didn't have anybody open, so ended up taking the shot. "It had already gone three overtimes, and I think everyone thought it was going to go a fourth when the shot left his hands. But he went up with good form, and it was true." The ''Thriller in Three Acts" is a consensus as the most memorable of the 37 games to date in the Central- South series, but the series is far from devoid of other memorable games. • March 3, 1983: CENTRAL 31, SOUTH 30 — In terms of significance, this first-round sub-state matchup heads the list. Triggering perhaps the greatest accomplishment in Kansas prep basketball history, Greg White banked in a 15-footer with six seconds left to gift-wrap the present Wahlgren wanted most on his 35th birthday, a stunning upset of the highly-favored Cougars. White and the midget Mustangs proceeded to slay four more giants in Central vs. South basketball series Seaion Winner Score 1970-71 Central 102-53 Central 73-32 "•Central 82-48 1971-72 Central 78-45 Central 61-33 •-Central 80-47 1972-73 South 40-38 Central 48-45 1973-74 Central 47-40 Central 65-39 1974-75 Central 38-35 Central 44-37 '•Central 50-48 1975-76 Central 51-49 Central 63-48 1976-77 Central 52-51 South 57-55 1977-78 South 70-58 South (3ot) 59-57 •-South 58-57 Season Winner Score 1978-79 South 52-36 South 30-25 1979-80 Central 71-66 South 55-50 1980-81 South 61-59 South (ot) 46-45 1981-82 South 37-33 Central (2ot) 50-42 '-South 57-53 1982-83 South (ot) 44-42 South 44-41 ••Central 31-30 1983-84 South 53-38 •-South 65-58 Central 40-35 1984-8$ South 51-42 South (2ot) 52-48 ••Sub-State •-Salina Invitational Central l«adl icrlei, 19-18 succession to claim the Class 5A state championship despite finishing with a losing record (11-13), earning them the immortal monicker "Cinderella Mustangs." Wahlgren recalled the pre-game "psych game" as well as he did White's game-winner. "South always waited for the opponent to come out first, then they'd come out with their fight song — and they've got a tremendous fight song," Wahlgren said. "Well, we'd decided we weren't going to let them do that. "So we waited in the lockerroom, and they waited in their lockerroom. Nobody warmed up because we waited each other out. The radio announcer was going nuts. 'Where are the teams.' "It was a real mind game. Finally, they came out with 30 seconds on the clock, and we came out with 19 seconds." • March 8, 1975: CENTRAL 50, SOUTH 48 - After struggling (See Rivalry, Page 13)

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